My Dad's Story: My Dad had a very interesting life. As a young boy he was an accomplished horseman under the guidance of a traveling circus troupe. He later served in Patton's Army during World War II and was stationed in Germany, France, Belgium and North Africa over four years. My Dad practiced law for almost 50 years and in his spare time he loved to fish, tinker with cars-my job was to hold the flashlight-and play with our dogs during sunset after a long day. He died in 2009, at 89 years, and near the end, he only knew me, my brother and sister as nice young people who came to visit him. Even though it was sad that he didn't know us anymore, he was happy, gracious and full of life. Because I moved away years ago, I only was able to visit him and my Mom once a year. The last time I spoke with him was by phone on February 5, 2009, his birthday.
I participate in the annual ALZ Walk to honor my Dad's memory. I know this past year has been difficult for all of us. However, if you are able, please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. In addition, please consider joining my fundraising team, "Big Feet Walk." Last year, I raised over $1300. My 2021 goal is at least $2000.
This year, the current plan is to hold the ALZ Walk in-person on October 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. Please consider participating in the walk, too.
Many thanks for your time. My best wishes to you all. PEACE.
2021 marks my 3rd year as an Alzheimer's Association volunteer. I began my work in 2019 with the DC Alzheimer's Walk and this year I'm also working as an ALZ Virginia state and federal legislative advocate.
At the VA state level, our team secured commitments of support from Senator Dick Saslaw and Delegate Kaye Kory for the Dementia Case Management Program. This program supports appropriate care actions to benefit those afflicted with dementia and their families by providing care coordination. Such coordination can help to increase the length of time dementia patients can remain in their homes and delay the need for facility based long term care. Delaying the need for long-term care also saves Medicaid expenditures, too. While the program will begin at UVA, the coordination care services can be provided to families all over the Commonwealth, by visiting the center in Charlottesville. Over time, the program can expand with centers in various places across the state.
On the federal level, our team is working with our Congressman Gerry Connolly, to support the Comprehensive Care for ALZ Act, which provides a coordinated variety of services to those dealing with dementia and their families. In addition, we have requested Congressman Connolly's support for an FY22 increase the NIH's dementia and Alzheimer's funding by $289 Million. With these funding increases, scientists will be able to work at a more rapid pace to advancebasic disease knowledge, explore ways to reduce risk, uncover new biomarkers for earlydiagnosis and drug targeting, and make discoveries that can lead to a treatment or a cure.
We have asked Mr. Connolly to support the Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Act. With these funding increases, scientists will be able to work at a more rapid pace to advancebasic disease knowledge, explore ways to reduce risk, uncover new biomarkers for earlydiagnosis and drug targeting, and make discoveries that can lead to a treatment or a cure.
Finally, we have asked Mr. Connolly to support the BOLD Act, which directs the CDC to establish Alzheimer's and related dementias public health centers of excellence, provides funding to public health departments and increases data analysis and timely reporting.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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